Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Try it FREE Tuesday!

Hi sweet followers!
Just wanted to let you know about a fun little segment I will have on my blog starting next week!

 {button created by Lyndsey Kuster}

Each Tuesday during the summer months, I will feature some great products from my wonderful blogging buddies that you will be able to download for FREE for one day only! 

Learn about great bloggers, try their products for free and hopefully find something useful for your class next year!

Be sure to follow my blog so that you don't miss out on any of the wonderful products; Try it Free Tuesday will start next week!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

My Summer Bucket List Linky Party

 It's that time of year again! Woohoo! Last year, April {A Modern Teacher}, Teri {A Cupcake for the Teacher} and I thought it would be fun to have a party to celebrate summer, and boy was it fun! We met so many new bloggers and found some really awesome lists! So we're having a bucket list party again! Do you have a bucket list?? Thanks to Pinterest...I sure do! Here are some fun things I'm planning on doing this summer!

*one*
I may or may not have had this project on my summer bucket list for the past two years...but I WILL get it done this summer! {I have a strong feeling chevron will be involved!}

*two*
I just pinned this a couple of days ago and I'm kind of obsessed!! It's a magnetic document holder and it's way too cute!


*three*
These also have been on my to do list for way too long, but a good excuse to buy crayons when they're on sale for super cheap over the summer!


*four*
Visit New York and Las Vegas!


*five*
Use up all my Starbucks giftcards!

*six*
And of course, SLEEP!!!!

Want to join our party!? Add the button above to your blog post and then link up below!






Sunday, May 19, 2013

Collecting Shells & Building a Sandcastle {classroom management idea}

Five more weeks until summer vacation begins! If your class is anything like mine, you need to spice up the classroom management bit a little! So you can only imagine how excited I was when I walked by my cute little beach buckets I purchased for super cheap at Michaels and an *awesome* classroom management idea popped into my head!

{aren't they cute!? I am obsessed with the colors!}

And these buckets turned into this!
Collecting Shells...
and building a sandcastle!
{I used my little school is cool craft to cutesify it up a little but you def don't need her for this to work!}

Here's what you need to get started:
 *Free Collecting Shells & Building a Sandcastle download from TpT
*cute paper
*magnets
*mod podge {if your magnets are not sticky}
*beach buckets

First I printed out the shells, bucket {on cute scrapbook paper of course}, and sandcastle pieces.

I decided to up-cycle this little advertisement magnet and use it to adhere to the back of my shells.
{I wonder if companies know their advertisement budget is used toward helping students all over the world ;)}
I cut the magnet up into little pieces and glued it onto the back of the shells with my handy dandy mod podge!



I am going to hang the bucket and the shells up on my whiteboard at school. I'm going to tell my students that they can collect shells by showing great classroom behavior.

When they collect 10 shells, they earn a piece of the sand castle!
I stored the extra sandcastle pieces in the beach bucket.

The goal is to build the entire sand castle to earn their prize!

This idea can definitely be modified to fit the needs of your class! You don't have to use the two ideas together, they can be used as two separate tools! You can also have a bucket or a sandcastle for each table group if you don't want this to be a whole group management tool. Whatever works best for you!

You can find more summery ideas on my blog by clicking the button below!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

A Very Sweet Giveaway!


We at Freebielicious are so excited to announce teaming up with Teacher Shirts (the greatest t-shirt company for teachers and more, in case you haven't heard of them!). We all received the fanciest custom designed t-shirt we've ever owned AND now we can give a t-shirt of the winner's choice from each of our individual blogs.

I just love my t-shirt because it is so much more than just a shirt.  It represents friendship, fun, and business relations (oh wait and STYLE, of course!) all in one "blinging" design.  Where else could you get all that from one t-shirt?  A  special thanks goes out to Doug from A+ Images.  He worked with us to make just the right shirt to represent our company and is still giving us a shirt to give one lucky winner for each of our blogs!

If you don't win one of the giveaways, but you see a shirt that you really just have to have, teacher shirts is offering our Freebielicious followers 20% off orders of $20 or more by using the code: FREE20


We have made this giveaway super easy for you to have almost 50 chances to win one of 23 t-shirts.  It is a blog hop, so you can enter as many or as few giveaways you would like!  The contest begins Saturday, May 18th, at 8:00 a.m. EST and ends on Sunday, May 19th, at 12:00 a.m. EST.  Winners will be announced on the following Monday.  Easy peasy, lemon-squeezy!  Start by entering my giveaway here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway




Now head on over to Mary's blog, Sharing Kindergarten, to enter there! Keep going until your fingers are too tired to hit click {that is how simple we made it for you!}.

Sharing Kindergarten


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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Organizing Crafts

Last week, as I was doing my usual blog stalking, I saw a super neat idea for organizing crafts that Mel from Graphics from the Pond shared. She showed how she is now organizing her crafts in an A3 display book and since I had no idea what that was my first thought was "like a scrapbook?! GENIUS!!! why did I never think of that?!"

So when I was on my usual bargain shopping run, I found a scrapbook at Big Lots and it was on clearance! I'm pretty sure it was saying "hey! take me home and blog about me!" so of course I did...
{can you see that clearance sticker?? it says $3.50! score!!!}

Then I made some monthly headers to slide into each pocket {the book came with 10 inserts which is perfect because I teach for 10 months! but you can add more pockets if you need to} and added all of my crafts!

{school is cool craft}

{Christmas tree craft}
{penguin craft}

Now they're super neatly organized and easy to find, and don't take up too much space! LOVE!

And since I already made the monthly headers for myself I figured I would share them with you if you wanted to get organized too!


How many more weeks until you are out for summer vacation?? I have 6 more!! Can I make it?!
I think so! {plus this is the first summer in a long time that I'm not teaching summer school so I'll survive!}
If you're like me and you have a ways to go, or you are teaching summer school, be sure to check out my Print and Go Printables for Summer!

The Spring Print and Go Printables were a huge hit and so easy to use! The summer ones will be too! Here's some samples of what I included {you can download the preview file on TpT to see a sample of each page!}





I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day!!




Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Sight Words

Looking for some great sight word practice? I've tweaked and worked on these sight word practice pages and I just love them!

Sight word writing practice
*this also works on sentence writing and comprehension!
 Scrambles sentences
*works on fine motor skills, word identification, capitals and periods

Read it, Find it, Write it, Stamp it!
 Spin it and Write it!

Here's what others have to say!



You can purchase these units individually or as a bundle.
But the $18 bundle pack is on sale for 20% off today! When you use the TpT promotional code TAD13 to receive an extra 10% off, each unit in the bundle comes out to $4.30! It's worth a try!

 {thanks Lyndsey for your adorable button!}

Monday, May 6, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Sale!

Dear Teachers,

We appreciate you!!! 
None of us would be half the people we are today it it weren't for our teachers!

As a way to show even a tenth of our gratitude to all the amazing teachers out there, Teachers Pay Teachers is offering an awesome site wide sale! Find some goodies to get you through the last few weeks of school or stock up on some great products for the beginning of the year!


All of the products in my store will be 20% off on Tuesday May 7th and Wednesday May 8th. Make sure you use the coupon code TAD13 at check out to save an extra 10% off your whole purchase {thank you TpT!}

Send your kiddos off for summer with some fun summer practice!
I have finally updated my short vowel bundle pack which now includes all 5 vowels!
{short a}

 {short e}
 {sort i}
 {short o}
 {short u}

I also have lots of fun end of the year crafts if you need something for your kiddos before school is out for summer!

This cute graduation craft will be sure to get your kiddos excited about completing their year in school! It comes with both girl and boy buddy templates.
Have your students create a bucket list for this summer! They can write all the great things they are looking forward to completing over the summer. 

Have your students write about what they think first grade will be like!

Have your students write about their favorite part of the year. My students usually share ideas like the field trips we went on, what they played at recess and so on. Sometimes they'll say their teacher ;) Sometimes...haha!

Happy shopping! :)
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